About the Mustard Seed

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What is the Mission of the Mustard Seed? The Mustard Seed is a Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1981 to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of adults with special needs, the Mustard Seed provides a loving and protected environment with meaningful activities which allow the “Seedsters” to fulfill the potential God has created within them.

Where did the name "The Mustard Seed" come from? The name of the Mustard Seed comes directly from the Bible.  Matthew 17:20 says that “if ye have faith even as small as a grain of Mustard Seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move and nothing will be impossible to you.”

Where does funding come from? The Mustard Seed is a private §501(c)(3) charitable organization and by choice does not receive government funding. In addition to Seedsters' monthly tuition, support relies on individuals, corporations, foundations, churches, and others who believe in our mission.

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What is on the Mustard Seed campus? Starting with the Bells of Faith Handbell Choir, the Mustard Seed has grown to include two group homes, a walking track, a swimming pool, a multipurpose activity center, 2 safe rooms, a clay classroom, and a ceramics workshop. All of this is on nearly 13 acres in Brandon, Mississippi.

How many Seedsters (or clients) do we have and what are their ages? We currently have 39 clients who's ages range from age 21-70.

Who founded the Mustard Seed? The founding members were parents of adults with developmental disabilities and others who saw the need for a Christ-centered ministry in the community.  Prior to the Mustard Seed’s inception in 1981, many parents and guardians of adults with developmental disabilities had few options for the care of their loved ones.  These visionaries knew that their special persons had great potential for growth and the right to their own life experiences.

When did the first Residential Home open? The first residential home opened in 1986.

What are the Residential Homes like? Eighteen residents live in the residential homes (8 men in the men's home and 10 women in the women's home). Within the households, Seedsters share experiences and responsibilities in a family-like atmosphere with their roommates, housemates, and house parents. The  homes are closed for certain periods throughout the year so that our Seedsters can spend time with their families.

Why do you have a ceramics program? The ceramic arts program at the Mustard Seed provides clients with an opportunity to contribute to their own support. The Seedsters ceramics are sold and are responsible for bringing in about 20% of our annual income. Painting provides the Seedsters an opportunity to express themselves, and it instills a great sense of pride in each and every one of the 41 Seedsters who currently participate in the day program.

How do I volunteer? It is easy to volunteer. Just click here and follow the directions.

I do not have the time to volunteer, but I would like to give money. How can I give a monetary donation? Endowment Campaign, Annual Giving, Gifts of Securities, Estate Bequests, Charitable Trusts. You can also donate online by clicking here.

Is there a Gift Shop on campus? Yes. When you turn into the main entrance, it's the first house you see. Look for the red rocking chairs on the porch. You can read more about our Gift Shop by clicking here.

What are the Gift Shop hours? The hours of operation are 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and the Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

If I buy something in the gift shop, where does that money go? 100% of the money collected from our Gift Shop goes to the Mustard Seed's program and accounts for about 20% of our annual budget.

Is there anywhere else besides the gift shop where I can purchase the ceramics? Ceramics are available for sale at the following locations:

Cups in Flowood
374 Ridge Way
Flowood, MS 39232
(601) 992-2996

M7 Coffee Shop

111 N. Wheatley Street

Ridgeland, MS 39157

(601) 790-7971

Pughs Floral Shop, Inc.

3902 Market Street

Pascagoula, MS 39567

(228) 0762-4411

The Pet Shop of Fondren

2947 Old Canton Rd. Suite G

Jackson, Mississippi

(601) 398-4198

Walnut Square Pharmacy
124 Walnut Circle #3
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(601) 543-0111